Every parent wants to keep their child healthy and safe. Water safety is a particular concern parents share, no matter how old their child. Aside from preventative strategies, parents should consider having their child go through children’s swim lessons so they can learn how to swim. Learning how to swim helps to protect a child from drowning injuries and death. Smaller children may find it a little scary to begin lessons so these tips will help a parent properly prepare their child so they will not be as nervous.
- A child needs to grow accustomed to being in the water and the best place for this to happen is in the bathtub or a small plastic pool. Putting toys in the tub or pool will make the experience fun. It helps to slowly decrease the water temperature until it is at ambient temperature levels so the shock of cooler water does not scare the child.
- It helps to take a child to the swimming pool they will be taking lessons at before the lessons will begin. A week before, the child needs to be allowed to tour the area and become aware of the surroundings. This will allow them to feel more comfortable when they start their lessons because the surroundings will be somewhat familiar.
- Taking a child to pick out their swimsuit can be a fun experience that will help them grow excited about their lessons. A new suit may seem like a small thing but to a child, it can mean a lot. Allowing them to wear their suit in the bath can help them grow accustomed to how it will feel against their skin when it is wet.
- Before a child goes to their swimming lessons, it is important they eat a light and healthy snack. Eating a heavy meal can make it difficult for them to swim comfortably but they need food energy for swimming so snacks like fresh fruit or veggie sticks are ideal.
With these tips, parents and children will feel confident with swimming lessons. Preparing a child makes them much less nervous and helps to ensure their experience will be a positive one. Reassurance and encouragement are vital to keep kids excited about the lessons they are learning.